Issue # 185 - Contributors



Susan Alexander’s poetry has appeared in several Canadian literary journals including ARC PoetryMagazine, CV2, Grain and PRISM International. She is the winner of the 2015 Vancover Writers Festival Poetry prize and a finalist in The Malahat Review’s 2016 Open Season Awards.

Jane Byers’ first poetry collection, Steeling Effects, was published by Caitlin Press (2014). Her poems have appeared in Grain, Descant, The Antigonish Review, The Canadian Journal of Hockey Literature, Poetry in Transit and Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

Heather Cadsby is the author of four books of poetry. The most recent book, Could be, was published by Brick Books. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Grain, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International and the anthology The Best Canadian Poetry in English.

Wilf Cude is the author of A Due Sense of Differences, The Ph.D. Trap and The Ph.D. Trap Revisited. His latest book is Weapons of Mass Disruption: An Academic Whistleblower’s Tale. His writing has appeared frequently in The Antigonish Review and other journals. He lives in Roberta, Cape Breton, NS.

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. His work has recently been accepted for publication in The Antigonish Review and Ottawa Arts Review, and has most recently been published in JuxtaProse Literary Magazine. Rocco’s poetry has also been featured on the CBC.  In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. His forthcoming collection, Every Night of Our Lives, will be published with Guernica Editions.

Stephanie Dickinson lives in New York City. She studied with William Packard, and still considers him a marvel and inspiration. Her novel Half Girl and novella Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil Press. Her work appears in Hotel Amerika, Mudfish, Weber Studies, and Fjords, among others. Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg is available from New Michigan Press. Along with Rob Cook, she edits Skidrow Penthouse and its imprint Rain Mount Press. A new novel, Love Highway, a fictional treatment of the 2006 Jennifer Moore murder, is just out.

Catherine Dowling was born and raised on a dairy farm in south-west Ireland and has also lived in England, but mainly in Canada. Writing has always been a means of relaxtion and for telling stories of “the olden days” — her children’s favourite bed-time fare. She assures us her story is an absolutely true experience.

Deirdre Dwyer is the author of two poetry collections: The Breath that Lightens the Body and Going to the Eyestone. “The House, so they say” comes from her manuscript The Blomidon Logs, about her and her family’s adventures at an old camp and a new A-frame cottage in Lower Blomidon, a farming community on the Bay of Fundy. The manuscript of The Blomidon Logs is scheduled for publiction in fall 2016.

Christine Estima’s writing has appeared in VICE, Bitch Magazine, The Malahat Review, The Madison Review, Descant, Room Magazine, The New Quarterly, CBC, The National Post, Palver Journal, Matrix Magazine, NOW Magazine, The Grid Verge Magazine, TOK: Writing the New Toronto, and many others. Visit for more.

Anthony Kane Evans has had around fifty short stories published in various UK, US, Canadian and Australian literary journals and ezines. He has made a number of documentary films for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Although born and raised in Manchester, England, he has lived for the last 25 years in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written a novel — haven’t we all? ­— and would dearly like to see it published.

Maureen Evans grew up in northern British Columbia. She set her mind to writing when young and has travelled, writing widely, ever since. This poem comes from a first collection of that work. She loves everything wild, beautiful and hard.

Kevin Eze was born in Nigeria where he began writing and learning the piano at the age of seven. He studied Literature and Philosophy at the Jesuit Faculty in the Congo and Sociology at the University of Paris XII, France.  A student of Theology, his stories have appeared in Writers, Writing on Conflict and Wars in Africa and in Long Journeys, and in the magazine Actu’elle. His work is commissioned by the Commonwealth Foundation for inclusion in the Commonwealth Writers anthology (2016). The author of The Peacekeeper’s Wife (Dakar: Amalion Publishing, Fall 2015), Kevin lives and writes in Senegal, West Africa.

Len Gasparini is the author of sixteen chapbooks of poetry, including his Collected Poems (2015), five short-story collections, a work of non-fiction, and a one-act play. His work has been translated into French and Italian. He lives in Windsor, Ontario.

Adele Graf’s poetry has appeared previously in The Antigonish Review, and in many Canadian journals including CV2, The Dalhousie Review, Room, Vallum and White Wall Review. Adele has a book forthcoming from Guernica Editions. She lives in Ottawa.

Peggy Herring is author of This Innocent Corner (Oolichan Books, 2010). She has worked as a writer, editor, communications consultant and journalist in Canada, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Japan. Her short story “Brave New Land” was published in The Antigonish Review #137. More information maybe found on her website

Maureen Scott Harris is a Toronto poet and essayist. She has published three collections of poetry: A Possible Landscape (Brick Books, 1993), Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press, 2004) — awarded the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry — and Slow Curve Out (Pedlar Press, 2012).

Bill Howell has five poetry collections, includig Porcupine Archery (Insomniac Press). A long-time contributor to The Antigonish Review, he has recent work in Dalhousie Review, Fiddlehead, Geist, New Quarterly, and Prairie Fire.

Esmé Claire Keith has had short fiction published in Prairie Fire, Descant, Zeugma Literary Journal, The Dalhousie Review, and brokenpencil. Her first novel, Not Being on a Boat, was published in 2011 by Freehand Books and it won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year prize in 2012.

Joy Laking is one of Nova Scotia’s best known realist artists. For over forty years, she has captured the beauty of Nova Scotia and the world.  She has had national solo exhibitions, including one at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Her Gallery near Bass River is open June 1 until September 30, Mon to Sat 10 until 5 and Sunday’s one to five, other times and seasons by chance or by appointment.

Georgette Leblanc was born in Pointe-de-l’Ègise in Nova Scotia’s Baie Saint-Marie region. She completed her master’s degree on the evolution of traditional music at Université Sainte-Anne (BA, 1999) and holds an MA (2003) and Doctorate (2007) in French Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, US. She has been a professor at Université Sainte-Anne since 2007. She received the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award in 2010 for her original poetic works Alma (published in 2007) and Amédé (published in 2010). Alma further garnered the Prix Félix-Leclerc et Prix Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie. In 2011, she was awarded the Prix Émile-Ollivier.

Norma West Linder is a member of TWUC, T.O.P.S., and WITS. She is a novelist, poet, and short story writer. Her latest poetry collection, Two paths through the Seasons (with James Deahl) was published in Israel. A children’s book, The Pastel Planet, is being published by Hidden Brook Press.

Mona T. Lydon-Rochelle’s chapbook, Mourning Dove, was published by Finishing Line Press (2014). Poems have appeared in Santa Fe Literary Journl, Floating Bridge Review, Spiritus, Journal of Medical Huanities and JAMA, among others. She volunteers for Médecins Sans Frontières and previously served as a professor at the University of Washington and University of College Cork, Ireland.

Cathy MacLean’s flash non-fiction has appeared in Gravel Magazine. “The Day I Married Jesus” is part of a manuscript of short stories about Cathy’s family. Some of these stories were longlisted for Prism International’s CNF award, shortlisted for Event’s NF prize and won first place at the Word on the Lake Writer’s Festival. She lives with her real husband in Gibsons, BC.

Sarah MacNeil grew up in Pomquet, Nova Scotia. She currently resides in Moncton, New Brunswick where she works as a museum interpreter and an aspiring literary translator. She is in the final year of her undergraduate degree in translation at Université de Moncton.

Lisa Moore has written two collections of stories and two novels. She has twice been nominated for the Giller Prize, and has won the Commonwealth Prize fot the Canadian Caribbean Region, the ReLit Award, and the Canadian Authors’ Association  Jubilee Prize for Short Fiction. Her novel, February, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She will publish Flannery, a young adult novel, in 2016

Don Nichol is currently teaching a course on songwriting at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He edited a collection of Anniversary Essays on Alexander Pope’s Rape of the Lock which was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2016. He plans on becoming a busker in his retirement.

Michael Oliver has published poems, stories, and critical writings in various magazines and anthologies, such as Canto, The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, and Easterly: 60 Atlantic Writers, and has recently published a novella called The Final Cause of Love. He lives in Charlottetown, PEI.

Pauline Peters is a writer living in Toronto. Her plays “Mavis Rising” and “Dryland” have been produced for theatre by Nightwood Theatre. She has published short fiction in the anthologies Frictions II, published by Second Story Press, and Fiery Spirits published by Harper Collins.

Tim Prior is a Toronto poet whose poetry has, since the early eighties, appeared in a variety of Canadian literary journals including The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, CV2, Event, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, Quarry, and Queen’s Quarterly, among others.

Eleonore Schönmaier’s most recent book is Wavelengths of Your Song (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Her poetry has been set to music by Canadian, Dutch, Scottish, American and Greek composers. She has won the Alfred G. Bailey and Earle Birney Prizes, has been shortlisted for the Bridport prize, and has been published in Best Canadian Poetry.

Moez Surani’s writing has been published widely, including in Harper’s Magazine, The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. He is the author of two poetry collections, Reticent Bodies and Floating Life. Art and performance pieces have been exhibited in Canada, Italy and Taiwan.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of three books of poems, most recently The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016).  Her latest translation is Chinese poet-scenographer Yi Lu’s book of selected poems, Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016).  She lives in France. 

Ling Yu (零雨), acclaimed Taiwanese poet, was born in Taipei in 1952.  A visiting scholar at Harvard University in 1991, she is a co-founder of Poetry Now.  Formerly the assistant chief editor of the World of Chinese Language and Literature and editor of Modern Poetry Quarterly, she has authored eight books of poetry. A bilingual edition, A Tree Planted in Summer (translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain), is out from Vif Éditions and distributed in Taiwan.  Laureate of the 1993 Annual Poetry Award in Taiwan, she was a guest poet at the 2004 Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam and the 2011 International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong. Currently, she lectures at the National Ilan University.